Artist Marcus Clarke's
An art movement originally inspired
by Jim Henson's NBC Pipes
Artists main interests: Stories, Character, Memory and Childhood.
In that order. Then Belief. At what point do we invest an image with our own Humanity. Is it alive to us?
Definitions: Science - Theory and Experiment.
Art - Emotion and Beauty.
Visual reflections on ideas and an endless endevour to create curious and original balances.
Marcus Clarke has a new Art Exhibition for 2017 - Called: RSM Sheringham - Refreshing Seaside Memories.
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About Marcus. Right. Beautiful Quantum Theory x2.
After an early childhood spent in Canada, Care and NCH Orphanages, Marcus was settled in Nottinghamshire. He left West Bridgford Comprehensive School at 16 years of age with no qualifications, (he couldn't see the point of CSE's) except for an Electrical Engineering qualification achieved by day release from the School to the West Bridgford College of FE next door. This complimented his evening job in the lighting department at the Nottingham Playhouse and later Nottingham Theatre Royal and after a few years in the workplace, Marcus decided a career in Theatre was for him and he applied to NTU, then the Trent Polytechnic, to do their arts foundation course. Thinking of eventually becoming a lighting designer. Trent turned him down for having no GCSE's, the interviewer saying that while Marcus could draw and "do art"; he "didn't understand what he was doing".
Mansfield College of Art, now Vision West Nottinghamshire College accepted him the same year on the basis of "exceptional talent" and Marcus spent a very useful first year there learning skills and achieving some GCSE's, including A level Art. He says he would have continued on to apply for a Fine Art Degree University place but the pull of the Theatre, particularly lighting, had him soon returning to the Magic of the Theatrical workplace. And so began his career in the West End Theatre and later, through the Musical The Little Shop of Horrors, in Film and Television Puppetry. Children's TV and Teaching Puppetry became particular passions and Marcus has recently completed Season 4 of CBC's multi BAFTA and other award winning Kids TV Series Bookaboo, in which he is Bookaboo and also gained a Teaching qualification, CTLL's level 4, from Warwick University. He is ASET Certified. He hopes to one day study for an MA.
Left. Norfolk Holiday Cottage.
In 2010, taking a break from his work in Puppetry, Film and Children's Television Marcus returned to his Artwork and set up PuppetTVGraffiti, a Contemporary Art movement dedicated to the craft-full art of Puppetisation. This is his own distinct process of imbuing objects and images with some of the qualities of a Puppet, primarily irreverence and the illusion of life. He likes his artworks to have a Childlike, impromptu, unrehearsed quality. To not be overly planned, thought through or contrived but appear random and inexplicable, beautiful. They are usually the result or the visual manifestation of his own emotional reaction to a simple story or personal experience. His Artworks are realized in part in an improvised, ad hoc fashion too with the placement of one component or object as dependent on that of the previous placement as of the overall design or idea. He likes them to appear slightly rushed, naive, innocent.
The visual artworks are achieved in toolbox terms by the application of his long standing professional puppet making skills and materials, combined with his own particular and peculiar, puppeteers sensibility and emotional intelligence. He creates a variety of mixed media collage style fabric, canvas or foam backed works incorporating 2D pictures, photographs, 3D Found Objects and assorted Puppet Making materials. Works draw on themes of belief and loss, often from his teens or childhood, sometimes quirkily adding historical semiotics. His work often incorporates Personal Commentary too.
2015/16 he added to his Puppetising Arts practice the incorporation of Jewelery in Treasure Trove, Reliquary and Well Dressing style. He's now experimenting with visually freezing ideas, capturing moments and memories through the application of clear films, resins and sealants. Something he calls, New Art Enshrinement, N.A.E.
Left 2014 Marcus experimented with a strand of work called 'Art Writing'. He has been BAFTA nominated for his short form composition and script editing work. Now though he either incorporates this text/dialogue/conversation into the artworks themselves or into the label element of them. (above right) Space Dog from The DogHorse Coat Art Exhibition.
Train 2, Train 3 and Cunard Arcadia Clown- Puppetised,
Dressed, Vacuum Sealed
Memory Experiment. 2015.
2015 Puppetised Postcards experiments.
2016 New Art Activity with an Exhibition to Tour Nationally and Internationally in 2017 begins.
2015 Puppetised Postcards project (above) adds to Marcus's Puppetisation practice ideas and techniques drawn from traditional Reliquary and Well Dressing, utilising modern Vacuum Sealing technology to suggest a frozen moment in time. Memory.
In 2014 Marcus had a major exhibition called Homeless in the Puppetised City in Nottingham which was restaged at The Floor 1, Exhibition Space, Nottingham City Central Library and over the whole of February 2015.
It included old and new works created under the banner, The DogHorse Coat giving the Exhibition its title. Upper right DogHorse Coat is titled 'Space Dogs'.
This will be followed up in 2017 with another exhibition of completely new works which will tour Internationally.
Helena my Love. (Right)
2015 Iconic Portraiture style.
Photo of Helena Smee on Cardboard with Jewellery and Acrylic Gems lastly Vacuum Sealed in Poly Bag and hung by string with wooden clothes line clips.
Marcus uses drawings, photographic images printed on card, canvas and stuff.
Symbolic and iconic objects. Clothing and adds to them using his Puppet Making materials and techniques. Puppet Props and Costumes. Bits and bobs. Found objects and now Jewellery and vacuum sealed items.
Title. Marcus Clarke Self Portrait 4.
Pencil, graphite pen, charcoal on paper with shirt, foam, faux fur and sculpted and cast styrene eyeball. Button, hairgrips, feathers and shoelace on Foam Board.
|The DOGHORSE COAT
Exhibition held over February 2015.
At the Floor 1, Exhibition Space, Central Library Nottingham.
Pet Dog Coats are given a Modern yet Medieval and Heraldic twist. With personal commentary.
Above Puppetised Dog Coat is titled
OEillet rouget, longe langue.
See the Exhibition page The DogHorse Coat Art Exhibition
|Homeless in the Puppetised City
a landmark Exhibition, one man show, in the City of Nottingham held
Easter 2014. 12x new large canvas based Puppetised works of Nottingham
City Buildings are stared at by a lonely homeless Puppet child in an
instillation style exhibition that includes video composite playouts.
There are also accompanying and complementing family Building image
based Puppetising activity workshops. All very well received and
Completed Puppetised works featured in Nottingham Arts Magazine Left Lion in the run up to the Exhibition Printed item
Catalogue for iPad Free eBook
|Homeless in the Puppetised City Workshop.
An accompanying family building Puppetisation workshop developed tested and delivered to excellent evaluation.
the Re-Beginning or Early Work.
initially returns to Contemporary Art in 2010 with these Puppetised
Some British Art Show Venues for 2010 are Puppetised.
The front Cover of June/July 2011 Nottingham Culture Magazine 'LeftLion' Created by Marcus Clarke. (far right)
Nottingham Post Feb 2015 DogHorse Coat Art Exhibition Feature. (right)
Left Lion feb 2015 DogHorse Coat Art Exhibition Feature
Inside is an interview with Marcus Clarke. Interview
LeftLion Shoot Video
Previous LeftLion Article. Previous
InTouch Magazine interview
BBC Articles and Radio Interviews. BBC
Childhood Short Stories page
2015 First Floor Gallery Central Library, Nottingham. The DogHorseCoat Art Exhibition and Homeless in the Puppetised City.
2015 Surface Gallery International Postcard Show. Two works. Naval rule and Poster.
2014 The National Open Art Competition 2014 Shortlisted
2014 Homeless in the Puppetised City Art Exhibition One man show Nottingham. 13x works and Video
2014 Surface Gallery International Postcard Show 1xPostcard Work
2013 Surface Gallery International Postcard Show 1xPostcard Work
2012 FAB Fringe Arts Bath 2012. Mis-in-Formation. 3x works exhibited. Curator Diane Ali
2011 Nottingham Castle Gallery Annual Open 2011 1x Intervention and 1x exhibited work plus Video Film made.
2011 Surface Gallery Nottingham 'Salon des Refuse's' 2x works exhibited.
1977 Mansfield College of Art. Various.
International Postcard Show
2016 The Ascania to Canada (right)
At the International Postcard Show 2016
"As a child in 1957 I emigrated to Canada from my birthplace in London, England, on this Ship. It was absolutely full of Hungarian Refugees from the Uprising. Many slept out on the open deck."
2015 Two works including, The Naval Rule. (Art Writing).
2014 Right Black Spot. (Art Writing).
2013 Below. Titled, The Surface Gallery Bug.
'Native Marcus Clarke'.
Many Artists have done a Self Portrait
and I wanted to do one too. 2013 I got out all of my Puppetised
Pictures to show a Magazine Editor. I saw the opportunity to grab a
photo of myself with my Pictures. Helena (below) obliged. More
Marcus works at the deconstructive interface of iconic imagery and innovative artistic practice. He playfully detourns or high jacks or subverts iconic images to give them a different meaning. His work plays with the pieces of given aesthetic images and adds and subtracts visual cues to provide a different horizon of possibilities in the image.
In this way his work moves from the image to the gesture. Following Giorgio Agembem's work on the use of Cinema as creating space to take images to a gestural politics. For example, his representation of the iconic image of Nottingham Council House has been detourned to change the meaning to a playful and humorous deconstructive reading of the role and function of civic buildings generally and Nottingham's identity specifically. His contemporary development shows a significant movement from artistic animation and creation, to an aesthetic of flippant-dadaism, a powerful yet playful project of creative destruction to produce auratic art.
Marcus makes a telling and significant contribution to contemporary aesthetic production and consumption, and makes a significant impact, amongst a variety of stakeholders, with his auratic art. Dr. Adam Barnard. NTU.
As a Visual Artist and Curator I have delved into the work of Marcus Clarke for his interesting perspectives on his works politically, geographically and for his alternative observations. His work is playful but also omits a familiar reasoning. As a fellow resident in Nottingham, it is interesting to see Marcus being involved and speaking for the mass in terms of 'defamiliarization' where one has to disown their prior knowledge to return to it and embrace anew. It is this connection where I engage in his creative development as an evolving artist whose work encompasses the social state with a humorous and nonconforming approach. His energy and pro-activeness consistently offers an unpredictable view of his work. Diana Ali. http://www.dianaali.com/
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SS Norway HMS Barham Puppetised Train 1